Infant Safe Sleep Workgroup Lead

Every Week Counts
Learning Collaborative
Infant Safe Sleep Workgroup
Julie Dillard, LMSW
Public Health Social Work Coordinator
SIDS/Infant Safe Sleep Coordinator
Maternal and Child Health Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
[email protected]
405-271-9444 x 56931
The workgroup’s focus is to provide
professionals, parents, and caregivers with
consistent, evidence based, culturally and
linguistically appropriate infant safe sleep
guidelines that, if followed, would reduce
Oklahoma’s infant mortality rate.
◦ SIDS is a leading cause of death of infants in the postneonatal
◦ In addition to SIDS, many infants in Oklahoma
die from preventable causes related to unsafe
sleep environments.
Place infant on his back to sleep
Do not smoke or allow smoking
around infant
Place infant in his own separate,
safe sleep area
Place infant in a safety-approved
crib with a firm mattress and
well-fitting sheet
Keep soft objects and loose
bedding out of crib
Do not cover infant’s head
with blankets
Talk to all caregivers about
safe sleep
Have supervised “tummy
time” for infant who is awake
Be a Role Model:
New parents value your advice and will follow
your example
Encourage parents to stick with Safe Sleep
Guidelines at home!
Demonstrate the back sleeping position to
Keep up-to-date with information regarding
safe sleep practices
Two-thirds (66%) of mothers report placing their
infant to sleep on its back most of the time.
Most Oklahoma infants (53%) bed shared
sometimes, and only 28% of infants never shared
a sleep surface.
One-quarter (25%) of mothers do not recall their
prenatal health care provider talking to them
about the safest way for their baby to sleep.
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) 2010
Developed culturally/linguistically
appropriate brochures
Surveyed nurses in birthing hospitals
Created online education tools for
Identified sample policies for WBUs and NICUs
Designed webpages for the
Preparing for a Lifetime initiative
Increase the percentage of
infants placed to sleep on
their backs to
75.9 percent (Healthy
People 2020 National goal)
Increase the percent of OK
birthing hospitals that have
a written safe sleep policy
consistent with AAP
guidelines to 15% (by
September 30, 2013)
Hospital outreach
Distribution of Model Behavior Policy and
other sample policies for hospitals
Promotion of online infant safe sleep
Provision of technical assistance and
Implement routine staff training on current
AAP guidelines for infant safe sleep.
Provide infant safe sleep education to all
caregivers of infants prior to discharge
(consistent with AAP guidelines).
Adopt a written hospital policy addressing the
need for consistent parent education and staff
training/behavior modeling.
• Training on infant safe sleep has been provided in
11 of the 13 delivery hospitals.
• Over 500 nurses have received live training.
• 3 of 13 hospitals are currently adopting a safe sleep
policy and utilizing safe sleep sacks in their newborn
• 3 hospitals now require their nurses to
sign a Safe Sleep Commitment annually.
*These numbers include delivery
hospitals in Oklahoma, Cleveland,
Canadian and Logan Counties.

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